New York Apparatus to Be Less Noisy
The following general order, promulgated from the office of the New York Fire Commissioner, is a move toward the reduction of unnecessary noise by fire apparatus, when passing through the streets. The order is dated July 29:
Sirens of apparatus shall not be sounded, except when proceeding to fires, or at points where traffic impedes their progress while returning to quarters from fires.
To guard against accident at other times, bells shall be sounded as frequently as the traffic conditions require. This shall be dispensed with, when consistent with safety, in the immediate vicinity of hospitals, or of theatres, churches or places of a public character when people are likely to be assembled there.
Fire Apparatus Housed in Burlington, N. J.—The new fire apparatus of Niagara Company. Burlington, N. J., was formally housed with a parade and exercises.
Santa Clara, Cal., to Insure Firemen—Plans have been made by Santa Clara, Cal., to issue insurance to protect firemen responding to fires in private cars. It is intended primarily to protect volunteer firemen.